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Saddle Pain and Trigger Points

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Trigger Points for Horses - Longissimus Dorsi


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Horses may commonly develop trigger points as a result of poor fitting saddles or incorrect riding posture

Horses are very good at hiding where their pain and restrictions are as that is a sign of weakness in a herd in the wild - so they mask pain well.

However there are ways of finding out what it is that they are trying to hide.


Palpating horses is key to discovering where the pain and restrictions are. If you don't palpate you are just guessing where the pain is.

Palpating doesn't adversely affect the therapeutic changes in any way and five minutes of palpating your horse should give you the key pointers required to achieve the required treatment outcomes.

Trigger Points

Trigger points do tend to appear in the same general area within muscles of different horses, but this is not precise.

Just like it is with humans, you often need to really explore the muscles to locate trigger points.

Locating and treating the trigger points is also generally easier with horses, due to the large muscles and the fact that the horse will definitely let you know when you have found the exact spot.

Most therapists who work with both horses and humans will tell you that trigger points in horses will often tend to dissipate under direct pressure faster than trigger points in humans.



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